The Ole Miss Rebels took an early lead but couldn’t hold off the Golden Eagles in extra innings as they fell 4-3 to No. 20 Southern Miss on Wednesday night at Pete Taylor Park.
The game was decided in the 10th inning on a short fly ball from Southern Miss’ Adam Doleac and an error on Ole Miss left fielder Tanner Mathis.
Blair Wright (0-1) suffered the loss as he allowed one run on one hit in 0.2 innings of work for the Rebels, who are 18-8 overall on the season. Wright entered the game to start the 10th and left with two outs and USM’s Travis Creel on first. Creel went on to score the game-winning run for the Golden Eagles (19-5) when Mathis misplayed Doleac’s ball.
Ole Miss scored three runs in the first three innings, but Southern Miss chipped away at the lead before the go-ahead run crossed the plate.
Collin Cargill (2-1) picked up the win in relief as he worked the final 1.1 innings, holding the Rebels to two hits with a strikeout.
“It was a good college ball game, although it’s disappointing to not get the win,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “We had opportunities to get the lead back in the top of the 10th, but they made the plays. We have to execute better and make the play when we get the opportunity.”
Southern Miss got on the board first, pushing a run across the plate in the first inning when Isaac Rodriquez came up with a single to left that scored Tyler Koelling from second. Ole Miss responded in the second when Preston Overbey doubled down the left field line to score Matt Snyder from first.
The Rebels took the lead in the third inning, scoring two runs to move out in front of the Golden Eagles 3-1. Mathis scored on a sac fly to right field from Smith. Yarbrough then scored when Overbey came up with his second RBI-double of the night.
Kameron Brunty hit a solo shot to open the fifth inning for the Golden Eagles and then tied things at 3-3 with a two-out single from Koelling that scored Brunty.
Southern Miss then grabbed the win in the bottom half of the inning when Creel scored from first on a Mathis’ error in left.
Creel ran for Rodriguez, who reached on a single prior to Doleac’s at-bat. (March 31, 2011, Page 6)